Eva Meisberger Gunther was baptized Maria Anna Meisberger at St. Edward’s RC Church, Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. She is my great grandmother and the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser. The numerous name variants that I have found include: Mary Eva Ann Meisberger, Eva A. Kestener, Mary Gunther, Eva Mary Gunter, Mary E. Gunter, and Eva Ann Meisberger.
Eva Meisberger was married twice. She first married Arnold Kestener (1854 – 1881) on 23 November 1880 in St. Edward’s. Arnold died in 1881 and is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery. According to the family story, she was a bride, mother and widow in less than a year. My question is “Who was the child she bore?” I found a grave in St. Edward’s cemetery for a Baby Kestener. This grave was at Range 12 – Lot 15. Arnold Kestener’s grave is at Range 12 – Lot 16, so it is likely he is the father and Eva was the mother of the poor infant buried with no dates recorded.
Eva then married Andreas (aka Andrew) C. Gunther (abt. 1859 – 1931) on 11 February 1884 in St. Edward’s RC Church, Shamokin. Together they had eight children that I know of: Wilson Francis (1884 – 1927), Mary Viola (1887 – 1972), Annetta Geraldine (1889 – ?), John Albert (1891 – 1960), Louis Arnold (1892 – 1906), Raymond Peter (1895 – 1960), Lorraine (1897 – 1977), and Marguerite (1900 – 1983).
I recently obtained the death certificate for Mary Gunther. At the time of her death, she was living at 446 Main Street, Brady, Coal Township, Northumberland, Pa. (Brady became Johnson City and then Ranshaw). This is an interesting death certificate because of the anomalies. The official portion states she died on 4 February 1941 of Asthma. The personal side was completed by Mrs. Wm. Noble of 5134 Torresdale Ave, Phila., Pa. Mrs. Wm. Noble is Eva’s daughter, Lorraine, and my grandmother.
First if we calculate her birth date based on the date of death and her listed age we get 11 April 1860 but the certificate and her baptismal record both state a birth date of 6 April 1861. She was baptized on 16 June 1861.
Eva’s father is listed as David Meisberger born in Germany. Eva’s father was Theobald C. Meisberger, who may have been called David but not on any document that I’ve found so far. Eva’s mother is correctly listed as Mary Strausser but incorrectly described as being born in Germany. She was born in Pennsylvania.
These death certificates can provide such wonderful information but also throw in plenty of conflicts to be resolved and explained.
Week 42 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.